For all of CNN's caterwauling about President Trump coarsening the national dialogue, the news network appears intent on upping the ante.
Responding today to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report that found there was no tangible evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia, or Russia intentionally trying to help Trump win the election, CNN's counterterrorism analyst, Phil Mudd, went ballistic.
"If this report were written on toilet paper, I wouldn’t stoop to wipe my ass with it," Mudd said during an appearance on CNN's The Situation Room, somehow not drawing any reprobation from host Wolf Blitzer.
Here's a transcript of the exhange:
BLITZER: “Let's bring in our and our experts, Phil Mudd. They say they accept most of what the U.S. Intelligence committee concluded January last year, but they don’t accept the conclusion that Putin actually was trying to help Trump win the election.”
MUDD: “Can you tell me why? Why they say that? They just told us they conducted an investigation, including interviews where the interviewees chose not to answer questions. How the heck can they say they got to the bottom of this when they didn’t interview people because people came to the table and said we’re not answering? Second question: Two parts of any investigation, interviews and technical information. Is there any evidence they have the capability to look at phone, e-mail, text, financial records, the same stuff Robert Mueller is looking at? I saw no evidence of that. Third question. Their primary responsibility was not to determine culpability for wrongdoing in the last election, that’s Robert Mueller. Their responsibility was not to represent party, Democrat or Republican, but to represent people. How do we protect the next election? The last 30 minutes, Wolf, you give me one sentence where somebody spoke about how we protect us instead of somebody saying something is wrong. If this report were written on toilet paper, I wouldn’t stoop to wipe my ass with it. These people owe us more and they gave us less.”